Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, said it has gathered intelligence that some people are planning a violent attack during the rescheduled area council election in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Sources in the FCT command, NSCDC, told Nigerian Pilot that some youths bought all the cutlasses in Abaji market two days ago and a similar situation was noticed in some markets in Kwali Area Council.
Accordingly, the corps in Abaji reported the matter to the FCT Commandant, Mr. Patrick Ukpan, who has detailed his intelligence and investigative team to ascertain the motive behind such action.
Already, it was gathered that the FCT civil defence intelligence team is working on a report about the political tension ahead of the polls which was earlier scheduled for Saturday, March 19, but was postponed to April 9.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the FCT, Prof. James Jatau, had announced the postponement of the polls on the basis that the commission was short of ad-hoc staff and needed to recruit more.
However, investigation by Nigerian Pilot revealed that breach of security which threatened the peace of the seat of the federal government was the reason for the postponement of the polls.
Last week, political actors in the FCT during a stakeholders meeting agreed and signed a peace pact promising a violence-free election, even as the FCT police command assured that it will provide a level playing ground for all contestants.
The police, however, warned that it will not tolerate any form of violence, advising politicians not to go to campaign grounds with fire arms.
FCT Commissioner of Police, CP, and Chairman, Interagency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, at the meeting, commended politicians for the peaceful conduct of activities billed for the polls.
‘‘Security agencies have been meeting since last week. We have set up a joint operation centre and all security organs have been represented. We have deployed more personnel and we are ready to deal with all issues regarding any breach.’’
Speaking at the event, the senator representing the FCT at the National Assembly, Philip Aduda, assured that the March 19 polls will be peaceful. “For us in the FCT, March 19 is like any other day. It will come and go. We have not been experiencing violence of any sort. I commend the police, INEC and the president, who is the governor general of the FCT.
‘‘I want us to maintain the peace that we are used to. My appeal is that let there be peace and once there it is here, there will be prosperity. Let us live and work together so that we will bring development to the territory. It is God that gives power. On March 19, God will give leadership to those he wants.’’
Similarly, a member of the House of Representatives and former AMAC Chairman, Zachariah Jisalo, stressed that Abuja belongs to all Nigerians and as the centre of unity, it is not known for election violence.

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